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March 15th, 2010
...in the era of nanotechnology, the analysis of the lotus flower leaf has enabled its chemical and surface complexity to be observed, based on structures organised on micro and nanometric scales. This and other examples from nature act as "bio-inspiration" for the design of new materials, systems and technologies to provide solutions to our present-day needs and enhance our everyday lives.
In this vein, research work is being undertaken such as the European NANOCLEAN project, led by Maier S. Coop. and in which we are cooperating as GAIKER-IK4, providing experts in nanotechnology and the processing of polymeric materials. Five other bodies are involved - companies and research centres - from 4 member countries of the European Union. The goal of this European NANOCLEAN project, initiated in October 2009 and anticipated to last for 3 years, is the design and development of self-cleaning plastic parts for the automobile sector.
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